I’m not much of a bread baker…but this easy English Muffin Bread recipe is absolutely painless, there is no kneading and it’s delicious. In fact, it’s so good that I’m giving a loaf to my friends and family for Christmas…accompanied by a jar of homemade vanilla sugar. More on that later.
For the past few years, I’ve shared a bread recipe and some packaging ideas for a homemade Christmas gift. I wanted to do the same thing this year, but felt we needed a little change. Not a big change mind you…just a small one. I think this easy English Muffin Bread recipe is a lovely, made-from-your-kitchen gift for family and friends.
It mixes up in no time and what I love the most is there is no kneading…which means much less mess. It smells heavenly while it’s baking and turns out perfect every time. I’ve made three batches and I now have five loaves in my freezer. I’ve been eating it for breakfast and am hooked.
This recipe is a combo of several different ones I found in cookbooks and online. Some called for different amounts of the milk and water as well as different amounts of the yeast and sugar. I think this specific set of ingredients works well and the bread rises beautifully. Make sure your yeast is very fresh. If you have old packets or an old jar, pitch them and buy new. (HERE is what I used.) When I was doing my research, two of the recipes suggested baking the loaves in Pyrex loaf pans. Then I remembered that my mom baked bread in old Pyrex loaf pans too…so with that thought, I ordered these loaf pans.
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It may sound odd, but when I was baking this bread, I felt like my mom was watching. I think I just needed to feel close to her and working in my kitchen sometimes helps with that. Not really sure why…but it felt good and for a little while, I was content. I can’t ask for more than that.
Here are the Christmas bread recipes from the past few years…they all made lovely loaves of bread that are perfect for gift-giving.
If you want to learn how to make vanilla sugar, I shared the process on my eBay blog. There are also directions for making vanilla syrup and vanilla extract. There is nothing better than toast and butter topped with vanilla sugar. It’s the best.
I’ll be back with some packaging ideas in plenty of time for Christmas gift giving. Wishing you all a lovely Thanksgiving week!
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